We previously looked at curved roofs and the ins and outs, and benefits behind the new design feature, but what about flat roofs, are there any advantages to keeping your roof flat? Let’s take a look at flat roofs and the advantages of flat roof structures. Not a typical system or style for roofing, flat roofing systems require slightly more maintenance than traditional pitched roofs. Having said that, using COLORBOND® or BlueScope Steel for your flat roof could reduce the maintenance required.
It can be a lot more budget friendly to install a flat roof on your home instead of the traditional pitched, materials tend to cost less greatly reducing your installation costs. What you do with the savings is entirely up to you, however you could then put the savings into a solar panel system for those eco-conscious folk or use it to repair another part of the home.
Flat roofs make inspecting your roof easier and safer. Whilst it is always recommended you have professional roofing experts like GT Roofing inspect your roof on an annual basis, having a flat roof would make it easier to see if there are any maintenance needs or damage in the interim.
Due to the nature of flat roofs, the possibilities are endless when it comes to design. This includes cleaning the roof. As we know when debris is allowed to build up on roofs it can cause the material to deterorate and so regular cleaning is a must. COLORBOND® Steel is easier to maintain than traditional roofing materials, however even on flat roofs you still need to check to make sure there is no pooling or debris build up.
A roof is never truly flat as it needs to have some degree of pitch for run off, with flat roofs the pitch is minor so checking for clear run off paths is key.
As with any COLORBOND® Steel roof, regular maintenance increases the lifespan of the roof itself. This is no different between a pitched or flat roof. Durability is key to a long life span for your roof and particularly in areas where winds can be high, a flat roof is an advantage as there is no wind resistance to cause minor damage in high wind weather.
With a flat roof surface and the proper drainage, you could even turn your roof into a green roof, or install solar panels to reduce your carbon footprint and energy costs. With a flat roof, you could plant different plants on the roof to provide insulation, or produce food for your family. The plants could be anything from simple natives to herbs and anything that doesn’t require a lot of root space.
Every roof system is unique with its advantages and disadvantages, however one thing is certain, with proper maintenance and design, a flat roof can be a durable and beautiful design element to add to your home.
GT Roofing Adelaide specialises in roofing restoration, replacements, repairs and extensions and works with COLORBOND® Steel and BlueScope Steel throughout the Adelaide area and across South Australia. For an obligation free chat, please call George on 0434 640 550 or complete our contact form and we will get in touch shortly.